Eddie Vedder launched an anti-war speech during his band Pearl Jam's recent concert at the Milton Keynes National Bowl in England. The vocalist was performing his song "Daughter" with a wine bottle in hand when he stopped singing to voice his opinion about wars.
"I swear to f**king God, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill! They're looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn't belong to them. They should get the f**k out, and mind their own f**king business," he said in front of the crowd.
"Everyone wants the same goddamn thing: to have our children, eat, procreate, draw a painting, make some art, listen to music, f**k some more, have another baby, eat, work, eat, work, love, love, love, everyone's the f**king same! So why are people at war? Stop the f**king s**t, now! Now! Now!" he continued.
"We don't want to give them our money. We don't want to give them our taxes to drop bombs on children! Now! No more! Now!" he added before dropping to his knees to beg for peace and singing Edwin Starr's anti-war song, "War".
Vedder didn't mention any specific country, but the emotional speech was made amid the escalating military tensions between Israel and Palestine. The singer's statement subsequently upset some Israelis. The Jerusalem Post called the speech an "anti-Israel diatribe" and printed reactions from fans in Israel, including rock radio DJ Ben Red who was behind a campaign to get Pearl Jam to perform in Israel.
"Eddie Vedder, your true face is finally being revealed," Red said as quoted by the news outlet. "You are invited not to come here. I personally do not want to see you, and I will erase the Facebook page calling on bringing [Pearl Jam] to Israel, but not before I expose who you really are." Many fans also voiced their anger on Vedder's Facebook page.